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SGA Approves Extension of Library Hours during Finals Week

Student Government Association has approved a resolution in support of extending Meyer Library’s hours of operation during final examination periods to 24 hours per day.

The Student Government Association passed a similar resolution in the spring of 2011 to extend the library’s hours until 2 a.m. throughout the year. Considering that students have used the library heavily during these extended hours, SGA and the Meyer Library staff are excited to see the turnout during “Finals Week.”

After considering student feedback regarding the library’s hours of operation, the library staff and Thomas Peters, dean of library services, will provide 24-hour support during the final examination period this fall.

Instead of its regular hours of 7 a.m. to 2 a.m. Mon-Thurs, beginning Sun. Dec. 9 through Thurs. Dec 13, Meyer Library will stay open non-stop.

Students present in the library during these extended hours can expect various promotions from the library staff aimed at keeping students motivated for their exams.

For more information, please contact Riana Sears, Chief Communications Officer at Riana21@live.missouristate.edu.

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Wheelchair ramp to be added to Bear Paw

The Student Government Association has approved a resolution that will provide for a wheelchair ramp to be added to the “Bear Paw” of Missouri State’s “North Mall” in front of the Plaster Student Union.

The addition of the wheelchair ramp exemplifies both SGA’s and Missouri State’s commitment to an inclusive and accommodating environment. This project also places the Bear Paw in adherence with disability guidelines.

The Student Government Association is grateful to the Office of Student Affairs, as Dr. Earle Doman, dean of student affairs, has offered to fund this project in support of a movement towards a continuously diverse campus community.

For more information, please contact Riana Sears, Chief Communications Officer at Riana21@live.missouristate.edu.

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SGA Commends Presidential Search Committee

The Student Government Association recently drafted and sent a resolution to the Presidential Search Committee commending their selection of Clifton Smart III as the 11th president of the university on Oct. 16, 2012.

Smart had been interim president since June 27, 2011. During his term as interim president, Missouri State set an enrollment record on the Springfield campus for fall 2012, broke the record for private gifts in a single year and hired the first permanent vice president for diversity.

The Student Government Association has noted and greatly appreciated the countless hours the search committee devoted to interviewing and discussing applicants for the position, selecting two well-qualified finalists and then selecting Clif Smart as the next university president.

The Student Government Association is excited to continue working and collaborating with President Smart. To express this sentiment, a copy of the resolution was sent to Joe Turner, Chair of the Presidential Search Committee; Gordon Elliott, Chair of the Board of Governors; and Clif Smart, President of Missouri State University.

For more information, please contact Riana Sears, Chief Communications Officer at Riana21@live.missouristate.edu.

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More than 1,000 Donor-Funded Scholarships Now Available to Students

As college expenses continue to rise, Missouri State University donors are generously providing a combined total of more than 1.3 million dollars in scholarships to students for the 2013-2014 academic year.

Students can simultaneously apply for all of the scholarships offered in just a few easy steps by using the Missouri State University Foundation’s online Scholarship Manager. This tool allows students to view all available awards and apply for more than 1,000 scholarships with a single application.

Approximately one in four Missouri State students will receive a scholarship, ranging from a few hundred dollars to $15,000, so all encouraged to apply. The application for 2013-2014 scholarships is now available 2012 and will close on March 1, 2013.

To access the application, students should log in to My.MissouriState.edu, select the Profile Tab and find the Financial Aid Channel Box. Then, choose the General and Departmental Scholarship Application. This will automatically connect students with the Scholarship Manager. There are three different applications–Incoming Freshman, Current Undergraduate and Graduate Student–and students should select their student type as of the beginning of the 2013-2014 academic year.

Scholarship recipients are selected by campus-wide committees for the following academic year between March and May, with a few being selected during the summer months.

 For more information, please contact Riana Sears, Chief Communications Officer at Riana21@live.missouristate.edu.

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SGA Approves Collaborative Art Project

The Student Government Association recently passed a resolution for a collaborative art project that would place a canvas with a Missouri State bear head outline, filled with students’ maroon thumb prints, in the Plaster Student Union.

SGA approved the resolution during a Senate session Tuesday in the Traywick Parliamentary Room. The resolution, authored by David Schneider, director of university advancement, claims that the project would “provide an opportunity for increased student involvement in MSU athletic events and the university at large.”

The collaborative art project will be completed by Missouri State students as they enter the Plaster Sports Complex at the 2012 Homecoming football game. Funds for the canvas and paint materials will come from the SGA Projects Fund.

For more information, please contact Riana Sears, Chief Communications Officer at Riana21@live.missouristate.edu.

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SGA Commissions Seeking Student Commissioners

The Student Government Association’s Elections, Wyrick and Sustainability Commissions are currently seeking students to serve during the 2012-13 academic year.

The Elections Commission reviews the Elections Manual, secures a timeline for the following election and researches how to increase voter turnout. The Elections Commission also reviews petitions for candidacy, evaluates actions that potentially violate the Elections Manual and validates the election results.

Student members of the Wyrick Commission will assist in researching and approving or rejecting proposals for projects submitted directly by students, such as the Parking Counters in Bear Park South.

Similarly, students serving on the Sustainability Commission are charged with assisting in the development of sustainability initiatives. This includes distributing the Sustainability Fund for projects, previously including the bike rental program and hydration stations.

Student commissioners cannot currently serve in the Student Government Association or be the President or Vice President of any other student organization.

Those interested in joining any of the commissions are encouraged to email SGA@missouristate.edu/

For more information, please contact Riana Sears, Chief Communications Officer at Riana21@live.missouristate.edu.

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SGA Co-Sponsors First Annual Senior Celebration Week

Missouri State University’s Student Government Association has teamed up with Student Activities Council to present the first annual Senior Celebration Week.

The celebration, held during the last week of classes, will consist of special events for students who have filed their intent to graduate in addition to discounts across campus.

In order to participate in events and gain access to discounts, graduating seniors must pick up their Senior Celebration Week Pass Card during the week of April 23-27. Tables will be set up from 10 am to 2 pm Monday through Thursday, with locations inside the PSU on Monday and Tuesday and between the PSU and Siceluff Hall on Wednesday and Thursday.

Events for the week include a last lecture series on Monday, May 7th at 7 pm in Carrington Auditorium, free late-night dining in Blair-Shannon Dining Hall from 9 to 11 pm on Tuesday, May 8th, and a Senior Picnic on the North Mall from 11 am to 2 pm on Thursday, May 10th.

More information about Senior Celebration Week can be found online at: http://www.facebook.com/SeniorCelebrationWeek2012

For more information, please contact Paige Oxendine, Chief Communications Officer, at Oxendine100@live.missouristate.edu.

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SGA Supports Sustainability Proposal for Solar Panels

Members of Student Government Association’s Senate moved recently to approve a resolution that supports the purchase and placement of solar panels on the rooftop of Meyer Library.

The project was taken to the Sustainability Commission as a proposal, but required SGA’s support since the $120,000 project would need to use more than 25 percent of the funds currently available to the Commission.

The solar panels placed atop Meyer Library will offset the nearly 32,000 kilowatts per year required to operate the lights within the JQH Fountain outside the library.

The addition of solar panels to MSU’s campus not only helps offset long-term energy costs, but also reaffirms the university’s commitment to ethical leadership and community engagement by promoting a cleaner and healthier environment on campus.

For more information, please contact Paige Oxendine, Chief Communications Officer, at Oxendine100@live.missouristate.edu.

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SGA Gathers Support for Sustainability Minor

Missouri State’s Student Government Association has recently adopted a resolution in support of adding a minor in Sustainability to current course offerings.

Support for the minor comes at a time when sustainability-related careers are considered to be a high-growth area, and the addition of a sustainability minor would allow Missouri State to remain competitive with many other universities with similar offerings.

If adopted, the minor would be accessible to students of all majors, and would be made up of different tracks that students could pursue. All students would finish their requirements with a capstone course relating to sustainability.

For more information, please contact Paige Oxendine, Chief Communications Officer, at Oxendine100@live.missouristate.edu.

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SGA Asks Administrators to Make Weekend BearLine Route Permanent

After a successful trial run during the first half of the spring semester, SGA has asked administrators to make the weekend BearLine route permanent.

The Pink Route, which runs to downtown Springfield from 6 pm to 2 am on Friday and Saturday nights, has averaged over 350 riders per weekend with no reported incidents. The shuttle makes stops at Park Central Square, Plaster Student Union, Hammons Student Center, Scholars House, Kentwood Hall, and Greek Row.

SGA’s suggestion comes as a response to the high number of students utilizing the route during the trial run as well as the need for a safe mode of transportation between the downtown area and campus on weekend evenings.

The Pink Route is funded by Residence Life and Services and the Department of Safety and Transportation.

For more information, please contact Paige Oxendine, Chief Communications Officer, at Oxendine100@live.missouristate.edu.

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